Middlesbrough signing Mido has taken a swipe at Tottenham and the "politics" around the first team.
Mido was anxious to quash suggestions that he had fallen out with Martin Jol, who, at times, questioned the Egyptian's fitness levels. "I've never had a problem with Martin Jol," he said. "I believe he's a good manager and I think he's done really well in the last two years. But I wanted to be playing, I wanted a big role in the team.
"I'm very confident Boro can get into Europe," he added. "I don't see Middlesbrough as being at a lower level than Tottenham."